The Loyalty Of The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare

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The Absence of Loyalty in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Loyalty can typically be viewed in two ways; first, as faithfulness to commitments, obligations, or relationships, or secondly, as faithfulness to a government or leader. Both aspects of this term are showcased in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, although their display is not always obvious. People often tend to brush aside or disregard loyalty. Loyalty is frequently taken for granted and left unappreciated in facile relationships. In Julius Caesar, loyalty is often assumed to be present and active, which greatly contributes to the downfall of Caesar, Cassius, and Brutus, and their relationships with one another.

The most evident illustration of the absence of loyalty in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is the relationship between Brutus and Caesar. The entirety of the play revolves around Brutus’ infidelity and manipulation of his ties to Caesar. At first, Brutus tries to hide his underlying disobedience, as he showcases when he questions Cassius, “Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius, / That you would have me seek into myself / For that which is not in me?” (I.ii.65-67). Although he is always careful to remain stoic, Brutus’ internal conflict between his desire to protect Rome and his desire to remain faithful to Caesar is shown as he converses with Cassius. Eventually, the winner of the emotional civil war starts to prevail as Brutus worries, “What means this shouting? I do…

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